LA Tenorio believes the ongoing training camp of Gilas Pilipinas in Miami can give national team hopefuls like Paul Lee and Jay Washington a better grasp of the dribble-drive system and more time to adjust to Fiba rules.
“Good opportunity talaga ito (to be in Miami) lalo na rin kina Paul (and Washington) kasi at least, nung sa Fiba-Asia Cup, nakita natin paano sila mag-adapt ng ganun kabilis,” said Tenorio.
“Hopefully, malaki naitulong since kailangan na lang nila mag-adjust sa Fiba rules.”
Tenorio was clearly impressed by Lee’s solid debut in international play after he averaged 12 points on 50 percent shooting from three-point region during the Fiba-Asia Cup in Wuhan, China.
The Rain or Shine combo guard even showed nerves of steel in the battle for the bronze medal after draining three free throws with no time left to lift Gilas to a pulsating 80-79 win over host China.
“Hindi na rin ako nagulat sa pinakita ni Paul kasi naka-fit siya sa system. Siguro, medyo nahirapan lang naman siya sa (Fiba) rules at dun lang niya kailangang mag-adjust,” added Tenorio, who turned 30 last July 9.
Gilas left Manila to begin its Fiba-World Cup and Asian Games preparations without outside gunner Larry Fonacier, who decided to forego his stint with the national team due to long-standing injuries.
Tenorio said Fonacier’s presence will surely be missed, especially since he has played with the 6-foot-2 shooting guard since their college days at Ateneo.
“Malaking kawalan talaga si Larry for us. Matagal na kaming magkasama. Now we just have to find a way to fill in 'yung iiwang slot ni Larry,” he added.